It’s been two months since I declared a war on my sugar intake.

Since then it’s become the in thing to give up sugar. Sarah Wilson is the highest profile convert, but more than a few friends have been interested or even tried going sugar free.

But I like to think of myself as the pioneer of the 2011 sugar free movement ;)

The reality of giving up on sugar

I gave up sugar for two weeks. I lost a kilo without changing my exercise routine.

Then I made a passionfruit spongecake. And it was divine.

But my relationship with sugar is very different to what it was two months ago.

That said, I think I’m still still addicted to sugar.

But I’m so much better than I was.

It’s hard to give up sugar; it’s everywhere. It’s in everything that your family and friends make for you. In the edible gifts they buy for you.

It was even in my favourite mayonnaise.

I didn’t see a life without sugar as a practical one.  So I’ve implemented some new rules:

  1. Only eat sugar foods if they’re home made by you or someone you know (i.e. not Michele’s Patisserie staff)
  2. Minimise hidden sugars wherever possible (e.g. only eat Jalna yoghurt, try to minimise high fructose/low fibre fruits)
  3. If you’re gonna eat something sugary… make sure it’s worth it.

But I’m not always great at keeping to the rules.

Take Tuesday, for example: After a no-sugar day on Monday, I spotted some baked treats on the kitchen table at work. I figured I could have one… because I’d earned it! But I ended up eating about 6 of those little buggers. Then I had a can of (full-strength) Coke. Then I had more treats after lunch.

I’ve realised just how addictive sugar is and how I can’t be trusted when it’s within sniffing distance.

But my biggest change is in soft drink consumption.

How I’m sending shops broke

I used to drink Coke virtually every day. I would say that in the course of a week, it would have evened out to be the equivalent of a 600ml bottle every day.

… and add a couple of bottles of V into the mix each week.

This was costing me a heap of money.

I was known for being a Coke and V girl – back in 1999 I was drinking TWO BOTTLES OF V. A DAY.


Now I’m drinking Coke Zero, Diet Coke… even Pepsi Max. I don’t necessarily enjoy it, but it’s enough to hit the spot. And because I don’t enjoy it, I’m not drinking it as often…

There’s a shop that I drive past every day to and from work… one of those little take away joints that sell burgers and bad coffee, run by hard working people who speak broken English.

I haven’t been in there since last year.

I drove past today and the shop’s closed down.

I think my sugar revolution is impacting on the GFC!

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4 thoughts on “My changing relationship with sugar and its impact on the local economy

  1. I stopped buying my regular packet of Pacal Caramels (you know the chock coated ones with the purple bag?) from the local foodworks… well as regularly. And I used to have at least 2 diet cokes a day – one 600ml from there and a can here at work. So yeah, should be saving money, but I switched to coffee!

    I figure a soy latte has some nutritional value, unlike a diet coke.

    Posted on 17 March 2011 at 8:21 am
  2. Oh and the takeaway people probably think you died. Or moved away.

    Posted on 17 March 2011 at 8:25 am
  3. I very rarely drink coke anymore. Slowly getting myself off it, instead I will have juice [which is probably worse!]

    I honestly do not think I could give up sugar, it is far too important in my life. I love the sweet stuff ;)

    Yay for you though and no more sugar in sniffing distance for you!

    Posted on 18 March 2011 at 9:08 pm
  4. Those diet drinks are poisionous. Youd be better off drinking the regular coke! Just drink clean (not tap) water. Everything else has issue. You got to look into these things and research when you decide to do something like this. ALl youre doing is swtiching from one bad to another. Pointless.

    Posted on 14 May 2011 at 12:07 pm